05/02/12 8:54 PM ET
After homerless April, Reynolds has no excuses
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
"I played myself to where I am," said Reynolds, who is coming off the first homerless April of his career. "I'm not producing, and therefore I'm not playing. It's the nature of the beast. And on top of that, we are having a really strong start and I don't think [manager Buck Showalter] is going to jeopardize the team in order to get one individual going."
While he's typically been a slow starter, the 28-year-old Reynolds acknowledged on Tuesday afternoon that his early-season struggles have never been quite this pronounced. He has three hits in his last 30 at-bats -- a span of 10 games -- and is striking out at an alarming clip, with 30 punchouts in 63 at-bats
"I can't put a finger on it," Reynolds said of his struggles at the plate, which he described as a combination of hitting the ball right at fielders and getting behind in the count. "But then again, I can't miss the mistakes, either, which I'm missing. It's just a big bunch ... put together that's contributing to my struggles right now. But I'll bounce back."
Showalter, who met with Reynolds on Tuesday afternoon and has discussions with him frequently, said that Reynolds will start on Wednesday and continue to be a regular fixture in the lineup.
"I'm not frustrated at him, I'm frustrated for him because I know he's capable of better," Showalter said of Reynolds, who led the Orioles in home runs (37), RBIs (86), runs (84) and walks (75) last season after getting off to a slow start. "This is not some road that he hasn't gone down before, but he's better. And he will find it and get it going, and people won't be able to get him out for a while. And he'll do some really good things for us -- hopefully starting tomorrow."
Reimold back in Baltimore to treat bulging disc
NEW YORK -- Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold has been diagnosed with a bulging disc in his neck, and he received a Medrol Dosepak on Tuesday in the hope of alleviating the pain and returning later this week.
"There's a potential for it that he could join us in Boston to play [on Friday]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Reimold, who took a train from New York to Baltimore to be examined by the team's physicians. "The doctor's recommendation is just let it quiet down there. Hopefully, it sounds worse than it actually is. If he doesn't get relief from it, then we'll see what the next step is."
Reimold, who has been slowed by neck spasms for the past week and a half, also experienced some tingling and numbness in his fingers, which Showalter said is common with a bulging disc. The hope is that all of the symptoms are related and once the inflammation calms down, Reimold's neck pain will subside.
"I think that's what they are thinking," Showalter said. "It all kind of works off the same thing. When your body spasms like that, it's trying to tell you something. But it resolved to a point where he could play. We waited one extra day just to be on the safe side. It cropped back up again."
The Medrol Dosepak is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Reimold's injury is a big blow for the Orioles, particularly given how well he's hit while in the lineup. The 28-year-old has missed six of the team's last 12 games, including Tuesday's contest against the Yankees, and has a .313 batting average with five homers and 10 RBIs in 16 games. He had a 14-game hit streak snapped in Monday's 2-1 loss to New York.
Wada decides to have Tommy John surgery
NEW YORK -- Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who had an MRI exam and a CT scan on his left elbow during a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum, has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery. The procedure will be performed May 11 in Los Angeles by Yocum.
"I am very disappointed," Wada said. "I will work hard for the rehab and try to recover to be as strong as I can to help the team win. I appreciate the support from the Orioles through this process."
O's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said on Tuesday that Yocum's findings were the same as in Wada's initial appointment with the team's doctors and the lefty can either undergo surgery to repair the partially torn ligament or opt for rest and rehab.
Wada chose the former.
Wada wanted to seek a second opinion with Yocum because he has a previous history with the renowned surgeon, who performed Wada's physical before he signed a two-year, $8.15 million contract with Baltimore this past offseason.
Wada, who had not appeared in a game after being placed on the disabled list with elbow discomfort this spring, will miss the rest of the season. The 31-year-old had progressed well enough in extended spring camp to be sent out on a rehab assignment, but he complained later of elbow discomfort and was again shut down, leading to the latest development.
Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley was not with the team on Tuesday, as he was hospitalized with his second kidney stone in two weeks.
Showalter said the O's will tweak the order of their starting rotation following Thursday's off-day.
Nick Johnson entered Tuesday's game hitless in 26 at-bats on the season. His last Major League hit came in 2010 against the Orioles, as a member of the Yankees.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.